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I finally got to see my psychiatrist and talk about what’s on my mind. She prescribed sertlaline. I now have started taking it, well one dose so far but I hate feeling anxious and on the edge so I’ll give it a try, it has helped in the past but I can’t remember how exactly, maybe someone has any experience with it?
I’m gonna try to keep a mood/feeling journal to see later.
 
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I just started on Sertraline a week ago. I guess you know, the anxiety goes up a bit at first, and that may last a few weeks or so, but my mood has improved, was pretty depressed, now already not as bad. I've read that antidepressants somehow help the brain grow new cells which takes a few weeks. Seems that the stress hormones are really activated when depressed/anxious and that either damages or kills brain cells, or neurons. Anyway, hope you feel better soon.
 
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It’s been almost a week that I have taken it. I feel a bit better but not much. Now I’m worried about it doing more harm than good. Thinking about stopping it, don’t know if I have side effects too.
what side effects have you had taking sertraline?
 
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After 2 weeks now on 50mg, mood has improved some, still have some anxiety from it, not too bad, was having that before starting it anyway.
 
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Bathfiller, that sounds like that small spike in anxiety that Jajingna mentioned in the post before. Give it a few weeks and decide from there if it's doing any good or not; pretty much all meds have a 'settling in' period where your body needs time to get used to them. Try not to worry, Sertraline is a pretty low entry level kind of drug. Just keep tabs on your mood just in case.
 
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